Firstly I replaced the sink and cabinet (with IKEA – good quality and reasonably priced) – and extended the bench along the full length. (Had to replace the washing machine – but front loaders can be very eco-friendly and water efficient).
Then there were the tiles… Every time I thought of hacking them all off, the dust, the work, the debris…. I got cold sweats. (I have tried to do this before, and ended up with cuts from flying tiles. It’s not for the faint hearted). So I resolved to cover them up.
I’d been dying to trying a panelling effect with pictures, so this seemed the perfect place. I had a book on Fungi and Mushrooms from when I was a teenager, and had a craze on them. I cut out the colour plates, and framed them all. Then, I covered the tiles with 3mm plywood, cutting out holes for the framed mushrooms. I then stuck these into the ready-made slots. I wanted it to look as though the whole wall was panelled, and I wanted no reminant of the tiles.
I had to do lots of calculations to adjust the picture size so that I could get the spacing and sizing the same all round the room (maths was useful for something after all!).
I love this room now! It’s one of my absolute favourites.